Over the course of the 2013-14 season, the Detroit Red Wings have been an example of mediocrity wrapped in an enigma—one moment red hot and the next ice cold.
They are currently in fifth place in the Atlantic Division and sit just one regulation-overtime win behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Injuries have taken there toll, as the Wings are currently missing the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson. To make matters worse, Jimmy Howard left midway through Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues with a lower-body injury.
Looking at the big picture, Detroit has a long way to go, and it’s hard to imagine things getting any easier any time soon. On a positive note, they’ve found ways to remain competitive on the shoulders of young prospects taking advantage of their opportunities.
Players like Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco have contributed, keeping the team afloat until its stars return.
Although just 3-4-1 in 2014, Detroit will have the Olympic break to get healthy and perhaps provide much-needed rest before making a push.
As for now, the Wings will have to rely on those that are currently on the ice and ready to go. These players help make up our list of the hottest and coldest Detroit Red Wings right now.